Water Heater Maintenance When Done Right May Lower Your Energy Bill
Your water heater is the second largest energy user in your home. If it is 10 years old or older, it may be time for a new one. The latest water heaters are manufactured to be energy efficient and Athens GA plumbing pros have the expertise to install most types of water heaters. That said, there are several problems that may arise in water heaters including leaks. Leaks can cause excess energy use and water damage in your basement, walls and floors. These problems should be handled by a professional.
Aside from leaks, some of the most common problems that arise with water heaters are:
Temperature problems – if the water in your shower is cold or tepid, the heating element, whether gas or electric, is probably not working. If you replace the component, the water heater will function again. If the temperature problem is due to a malfunctioning thermostat, an expert can determine if it can be repaired or needs to be replaced.
Noises in the tank – most water heaters come with storage tanks. When sediment builds up inside the tank, the heating element will start burning the sediment causing noises. The noises may also be a warning that the element needs to be replaced.
Tank flushing – many problems can be prevented if your storage tank is flushed every year. This will eliminate the problem of not enough hot water for everyone who needs it and water that smells foul. The sediment inside the tank can cause a rotten egg odor. Regular maintenance can take care of periodical tank flushing.
If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it is worth replacing it with a new one that is manufactured to be energy efficient. You may consider a tankless water heater. It gives on-demand hot water and is suitable for families where several hot showers are needed every morning. Tankless water heaters are small, and available with either gas or electric heat sources.
You may be able to fix some minor problems yourself such as checking the pilot light if you have a gas heater or the circuit breaker if you have an electric heater. However, it is recommended to call a plumber in Athens to deal with serious problems because they have the experience, expertise and tools to go the job quickly and correctly the first time.
Water heaters are a large portion of your energy bill, but regular maintenance can keep them running efficiently and save you money.
SELECTING A NEW WATER HEATER, Energy.gov